B.C.’s Children’s Watchdog says a $145-million bump to the Ministry for Children and Family is welcomed but says clearly there is greater need.
The amount is seven times what was forecast in last year’s budget.
“There is no question the lift is significant, a nine per cent increase for the ministry. A lot of it focused on prevention, early intervention, permanency planning and youth mental health. These are all issues that we’ve raised and that other voices in British Columbia have raised.”
Of the total $1.6-billion dollars for next year, $66-million is for kids in care.
Over the next three years, there’s $120-million to focus on keeping kids with family, $40-million for recommendations in the Indigenous Child Welfare report, and $20 million for more childcare spaces.
The new funding comes as the MCFD faces mounting pressure after a series of damning reports and a string of in-care deaths.